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memory

09.12.2015
- Languages: it
A few years ago, British historian Tony Judt identified two main phases in the evolution of European memory after the Second World War: the first took shape in 1945, the second after 1989. This picture entirely eclipses an aspect which is of great historical significance: the presence everywhere in Europe of collaborationist forces that actively supported Nazism, and the fact that serious war crimes were committed by all parties involved in the conflict, including the winners.
16.09.2015
- Languages: de
Throughout Europe memory of interstate borders has faded as a direct result of European development, which can be summed up in three related elements: the progressive abolition of internal EU borders; the reinforcement of the boundary between the EU and the rest of the world and the dynamic created by the extension of the EU to new member states, which furthered a sense of the mobility of territorial boundaries.
19.07.2015
- Languages: it
Are there narrative patterns that are shared not only by a whole Nation State, as claimed by the nineteenth century positivists, but also by larger and more complex multilingual entities such as Europe? According to Dan McAdams recent European history and part of American history can be summed up as an original narrative, called 'redemption narrative' based on the idea of the progressive redemption of an individual from the hardships of his or her past.
15.06.2015
- Languages: fr

The idea to create a Museum of Europe in Brussels was born from a triple assessment: Europe exists; its citizens do not know much about it and, what is worse, do not want to know anything; and, since nothing is done without the citizens’ approval in a democracy, it is important to develop a pedagogy for Europe. A history museum is an excellent tool to do this, among others.

08.05.2015
- Languages: de
There was no question that on 8 May 1945 Germany was liberated from the bloody dictatorship of National Socialism; and that the country itself had committed terrible crimes during the years of this dictatorship. But many Germans also saw 8 May as a catastrophe; besides enormous destruction and loss of territory there was a completely unprecedented number of dead, of refugees, of displaced persons, of raped women.
29.01.2015
- Languages: it|tr
Of all the books I had written, "The Museum of Innocence" led most clearly to questions such as: “When did this idea first come to you?”, “What inspired you to write this novel?", "How did you come up with this?”, and so on. As "The Museum of Innocence" is not just a novel, but also a museum in Istanbul that took many years to establish, these questions have become ever more frequent. Here then, is a list of influences, drawn from life, literature, and art.
26.01.2015
- Languages: de
National cultures of memory are often interwoven, in both a positive and a negative sense. This has been apparent in the relationship between German and Italian cultures of memory since the last three decades of the nineteenth century, when both countries first appeared on the stage of international politics as newly-united nations.
09.11.2014
- Languages: fr
On November 9 1989, the Wall opens, the Vopos have been ordered to let things happen and to let people cross. The Wall is climbed, clambered over; soon, people are digging breaches. After twenty-eight years, people can come and go again, embrace, find one another, or simply discover the strangeness of the West and the East, where the marks of the war are still visible.
23.07.2014
- Languages: fr
We are used to seeing Greek statues sagely lined up in ranks in the collections of archeological museums. For the tourist in a hurry, flitting from work to work, the misunderstanding is triple: in the first place, the observed statues are not even Greek most of the time, because they are often marble copies dating back to the Roman period; then, they glisten in white, whereas the original statues were enhanced with vivid colors or cast in shiny bronze; finally they are neutralized by the museum context which transforms them into simple objects of aesthetic joy.
18.07.2014

In the last fifteen years, the links between Politics and Memory have come to the forefront of public attention.